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Covert military recruiting aimed at kids

July 16

July 16, 2020

On July 16, 1251, Our Lady of Mount Carmel appeared to St. Simon Stock and gave him the brown scapular, a symbol of protection and a sign of trust in God. On July 16, 1858, in the final apparition at Lourdes, Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb, code-named Trinity was detonated at White Sands Missile Site in New Mexico.

On August 6 and 9, 1945, the second and third atomic weapons were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, killing half a million people. 

Every year since 1990, a small group of people have gathered just outside the original Trinity Test Site in the desert of New Mexico. From sunset on the 15th of July through sunset on the 16th, they keep vigil in prayer in repentance for the bombing and in petition for protection from all of the effects of our nuclear development and deployment. 

Just before dawn on the 16th, at 5:25 A.M., silence, song, and tears mark the exact time of detonation. 

Refusing to believe that faith and love are powerless over hate, our vigil continues into the day as the sun bakes the desert. Hour after hour people kneel or sit in the presence of God, as we each understand God, for the 24 hours. Rosaries are said by those who pray rosaries, but every prayer of every attendee is welcomed.

Just before sunset, a final service is offered: the nonviolent prayer of the nonviolent Jesus. Trinity is not merely a code name; it is a sacred word of a Father who embraces all, of a Son who loves all and of a Spirit who is the breath of life for all. We abide in union with each other. It is who we are. It is why we are in a desert of destruction praying.                                                                                                       

 –Excerpted from an essay by Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND

Human Experimentation

“I can hire half the working class to kill the other half.” Jay Gould

“Half the scientists in the world, Christian or otherwise, can be hired to kill the other half.” ECM

“All our talks about peace and the weapons of the spirit are meaningless unless we try in every way to not work in any position, any job, that contributes to war, not to take any job whose pay comes from fear or war. We wish the workers would lay down their tools and refuse to make the instruments of death. One can withdraw from the factory, refuse to make munitions, airplanes, atom bombs As you come to know the seriousness of our situation—the war, the racism, the poverty in the world—you come to realize it is not going to be changed just by words or demonstrations. It’s a question of risking your life somewhere other than on the battlefields of war. It’s a question of living your life in drastically different ways.” Dorothy Day

“Am I my brother’s keeper? Oh no! I am my brother’s killer! It is a wonder that anyone employed in the making of these munitions, from the president of the company to the scientists down to the man who sweeps up at night, can look at their faces in the mirror or go to church on Sundays.  Do we want to preach the Gospel of Christ or our own gospel? Which shall it be?” —Catherine de Heck Doherty, The Gospel Without Compromise, 1976

“We’re not made by God to mass kill one another, and that’s backed up by the Gospels. Lying and war are always associated. Pay attention to war-makers when they try to defend their current actions; if they’re moving their lips they’re lying.” – Phil Berrigan

“Why would anyone believe that those who would lie to them about war would not lie to them about anything else that it served their interests to lie about?” -Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Foreign Policy Alliance

From a reader. Maybe another CAM reader will want to get involved!



I work with the Foreign Policy Alliance, a five year old Houston group working to remake national security policy.

See:, our resolution is endorsed by Andrew Bacevich).

I would like to show you an activist strategy to rein in militarism. The foundational concept is an update of the teach-in model. Activists will hold sessions at home to show short videos posted on You Tube to small groups. “Graduates” of these one evening schools will hold their own teach-ins. Quickly hundreds of new volunteers could become active in all major metro areas. Exponentially growth is an amazing thing.

This strategy can be affordably managed by as few as six activists per urbanized region. The intent is to pressure US officials to ratchet back on nuclear weapons, war making, and domestic surveillance. (In truth, only ONE person per city is necessary to launch the project.)

This plan is based on two successful tactics … house parties, that can function as 21st century “teach-ins”, and citizen lawmaking, which is used to reset local policies in Texas and elsewhere. An anti-corruption group, Represent.Us, is already having remarkable success with the latter tactic.
The plan can quickly scale-up to the 50 states. I estimate 900 new volunteers could be on board in six months. In every major city! But, even if only 300 per city sign up that is more than enough.

The web has a few articles about past projects. A search on Barry Klein Houston should turn up several. One of the shortest is titled: Barry Klein: Property Rights Protector

Please let me know if you would like to see details.

Yours in peace,

Barry Klein

P.S. To learn more about the power of the Represent.Us game plan look for this brief video on their website: “The Strategy to End Corruption”


This article is a good overview of:

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While on the subject of war, I guess you saw that the U.S. Senate just voted to continue the never-ending war in Afghanistan and the global “war on terror” by a vote of 60 to 33, with 7 abstentions. Only 4 Republican senators voted to end the wars.

Bishops’ Annual Appeal

From a reader:

Dear CAM, 

With this weekend, July 11 &12, 2020, being the kick-off weekend for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in the Diocese of Columbus & many other dioceses, I offer the following articles for your readers to print off & put in the pledge envelopes & place it in their collection basket or return it to their parish’s office. 

My own letter will be accompanied with the following statement: 

Dear Bishop Brennan, 

You strike me as a good person. I don’t question your faith or your intelligence, but you have allowed the spiritual starvation of your flock & even encouraged it well ahead of any health authorities’ orders (not laws). You took your advice from Caesar, not Jesus. 

As we face the almost inevitable recurrence of another lockdown because of rising “cases”, not deaths, where do you stand, Bishop? Are you ready to apologize for locking our churches, denying us the sacraments, & starving your flock of the source & summit of our faith – Our Eucharistic Lord? Are you ready to show some courage & true leadership as the apostles did & to say “Never again” to our churches closing, “Never again” to government officials saying religious services & Christ are non-essential? 

The supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls, not fear of death or a virus. 

When my family & I see some saintly courage coming from our bishops & priests, then we will reconsider the possibility of donations. Until such time, consider this: “The laborer deserves his keep.” MT 10:10 NAB 

Peace & blessings,

Julie Dean